FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas scored the first 10 points of the game and allowed Centenary to get as close as eight only four times as the Razorbacks rolled to a 75-51 victory Saturday at Bud Walton Arena.
The Razorbacks shot a season-high 58.2 percent from the floor, held Centenary to 26.9 percent shooting, out-rebounded the smaller Gents 40-30 and had five players score in double figures as the Hogs won their fourth straight and improved to 5-4.
Centenary, which made just 17 of 63 shots, dropped to 5-6.
“We got after it defensively and set the tone there,” head coach Stan Heath said. “For us to shoot 58 percent is a good sign. That means we were taking good shots.”
Senior forward Dionisio Gomez had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and the fourth of his career.
Jonathon Modica had a pair of layups around a Gomez layup to open the game. Rashard Sullivan followed with a dunk and Alonzo Lane made a layup for the 10-0 lead. Andrew Wisniewski hit a jumper to get the Gents within 10-2, but UA pushed the lead to 24-7 and led 33-19 at the half.
In the second half, Josh Thibodeaux hit a three to get Centenary within 46-38, but Lane answered with a layup. Wisniewski, who scored a game-high 20 points, made two free throws, but Modica made a layup. Wisniewski hit a jumper to cut the deficit to eight for the last time, but Lane scored, Modica had a tip-in and Eric Ferguson hit a three for a 57-42 lead with 7:48 remaining.
“Alonzo was the man inside,” Heath said. “He owned the paint. He got position and took the ball to the rim. Our guys recognized that and got him the ball. He was successful by working early and getting position. He was a tremendous spark off the bench.”
Lane was five of five from the field for 13 points, his best scoring game since he had 15 at Auburn in 2001. Ferguson hit five of 10 shots and finished with 13 points, five assists and three steals. Modica had a team-high 15 points on seven of 11 shooting, and Kendrick Davis added 11 on four of five shooting.
“Any time I look at the stat sheet and see four or five guys in double figures, that means we were sharing the ball,” Heath said.
Michael Gale added 12 points for Centenary.
Arkansas plays at Oklahoma State at 7 p.m. on Monday.